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All-Inclusive Pros and Cons

For Couples Thinking About a Honeymoon at an All-Inclusive Resort



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Honeymoon couples can dine at their leisure at an all-inclusive resort.

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Shortly after you start researching your honeymoon, you're likely to hear about all-inclusive resorts. Located in tropical settings -- particularly the Caribbean and Mexico -- honeymoon all-inclusive resorts are designed for adult couples to unwind after the wedding. Discover the pros and cons of choosing one below.

PROS: Advantages to Choosing an All-Inclusive Honeymoon Resort

  • Easy. After making 1,001 decisions about the wedding, you can stop stressing. At an all-inclusive, all the basics are provided -- a room, meals, on-site activities
  • One price. Paying upfront helps a couple to stay within a budget
  • Peaceful. Honeymoon-oriented all-inclusive resorts are adults-only, which means your stay won't be interrupted by screaming kids
  • Picturesque. All-inclusive resorts are known for their scenic locations
  • Water wonderlands. Beaches and pools are designed for lazing around
  • Private pleasures. Top-of-the-line accommodations feature a Jacuzzi for two and/or a private plunge pool
  • Meals and beverages. Food, including snacks and beverages, is plentiful
  • Activities. Free fitness activities and games
  • Cashless. No need to carry money around
  • No shlepping. You'll unpack once and settle in, rather than rushing to get from place to place
  • Au naturel. Some adult all-inclusive resorts offer private clothing-optional areas
  • Compatible guests. Opportunity to meet and make friends with other newlyweds
  • Vows. Many all-inclusive resorts offer a free wedding ceremony to couples who book a honeymoon that lasts a certain number of nights
CONS: Disadvantages to Choosing an All-Inclusive Honeymoon Resort
  • No escape. Many all-inclusive resorts are located in isolated spots remote from major cities and attractions
  • Mindless. Limited exposure to local arts, culture, politics
  • Potentially expensive. Booking can be confusing, as there may be many different room categories (cheapest is never the best)
  • Homogenous. Few opportunities to meet local people other than all-inclusive employees
  • Tempting extras. Spa and salon treatments are not included in the price and off-site excursions may be available for an additional fee
  • Fair fare. Food can be mediocre
  • No reason to stay up late. Entertainment is amateurish
  • Souvenir-free. No place to shop
  • Chips are down. No casino
  • Tips appreciated. Although tips are advertised as included, staff rarely refuses and always appreciates them
  • Inauthentic. Can feel ersatz, like a theme park for grownups
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